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Looking at Ultra-Processed Foods

In this video, Dr. Galati takes a look at an ultra-processed food we are all familiar with. Chef Boyardee products have been around for decades. Despite the advertising claims, these are ultra-processed foods, unhealthy for you. High in dietary sodium, besides a rare treat, these should never be eaten on any sort of regular basis.  Take a look at the video and share with your friends and family. Our goal: consuming a diet of whole foods and fresh fruits and vegetables.

5 Foods You Need to Eat Now

Helen Yuan, Registered Dietitian at Liver Specialists of Texas, just released her latest post "5 Foods You Must Have in Your Diet...Now". It is a fantastic outline, full of valuable food and nutrition information that will guide you to a better you. Nutrition is the cornerstone of wellness. Take a look at the post, print it out, and share it with your family and friends. All of us at Liver Specialists of Texas are here to support your liver wellness, and that starts with a solid nutrition foundation. DOWNLOAD "5 FOODS YOU MUST HAVE IN YOUR DIET...NOW"

Healthy Thanksgiving and Holiday Recipes

Stay The Course -- Healthy Holiday Recipes that Put Your Health First Thanks to our very own Helen Yuan, RD, for putting this menu together. The holidays are just around the corner! But with all the celebration and joy comes some fear, anxiety, and guilt as well. Year after year,  I have patients tell me “I’m going to work on building healthier eating habits, BUT you know the holidays are coming up and I want to enjoy myself”. What kind of dietitian -- no, what kind of human would I be if I were to shake my finger at people and tell them they can’t enjoy the festive season for the sake of maybe keeping off a few extra pounds?  In an ideal world, one single day of overindulgence should not completely unravel all the hard work that a person …

Low Salt Diet in Liver and Heart Disease: Dr. Joe Galati Discusses

Dr. Joe Galati explains the best way to consume a low salt diet that is best for those with liver disease, cirrhosis, and heart failure. He outlines foods to avoid and the dangers of salt substitutes. Avoid processed foods, and eat only fresh fruits and vegetables, along with fresh lean meat and fish. Contact Dr. Galati and his team at 713-634-5105 and visit

Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.

The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.

Liver Transplant Resources

Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.

Indications for liver transplant include:

Online LIVER Second Opinion

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    From the comfort of your home, without the need to spend additional money on travel, lodging, and food, receive and expert second opinion from the expert physicians at Liver Specialists of Texas

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    There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.

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    Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process. The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.

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    To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.